Issues: Health

Senator Young Calls for Travel Ban as Part of Comprehensive Response to Ebola

For Release: Immediate, October 20, 2014

            Senator Catharine Young (R,I,C-Olean) is calling on President Obama to enact an immediate travel ban on passengers flying from West Africa to the United States to contain the spread of Ebola.

            “Common sense dictates that we should stop travel into the United States from Ebola-affected West African nations. Thomas Eric Duncan, the Ebola victim who passed away in Dallas, travelled to the U.S. on a commercial flight from Liberia and now the virus has infected others. Protecting lives should be our first priority. Because JFK Airport is a major international travel hub that travelers from around the world pass through, we must be especially vigilant in New York State,” said Senator Young.

October 20, 2014
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Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk

(Westchester - October 19th) October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and Senator Stewart-Cousins took the time to stop by the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk in Westchester. Besides friends, neighbors and constituents, the Senator also ran into NYSUT President Karen Magee, Congresswoman Nita Lowey and Lt. Governor Candidate Kathy Hochul.

October 20, 2014
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Forum/Town Hall: Senator Perkins Hosts Community Dialogue On Ebola | Friday, October 17th

On Friday, October 17th Senator Perkins will host a "Community Dialogue On Ebola"--to inform, educate and disseminate information to our constituents, as well as answer questions, address concerns and rally support to fight this epidemic both in Africa and New York City.

 

This Community Dialogue will be held at 6:00 PM at the Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. State Office Building—8th Floor Conference Room.

 

The public is welcome and encouraged to attend this event. Please RSVP to our office at 212.222.7315.

 

October 17, 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
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NYS Senate Health Committee roundtable, "Ebola: Is NY ready?" ~ Watch a replay of the October 17th discussion ~ A new state Health Department website ~ A warning on Ebola-related fundraising scams

The New York State Senate Health Committee held a roundtable discussion today on the Ebola threat, "Ebola: Is NY ready?"

Watch a replay of today's roundtable, HERE.

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See the new NYS Department of Health website, "Get the Facts About Ebola"

October 17, 2014
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NYS Senate Health Committee roundtable, "Ebola: Is NY ready?" ~ Watch today's discussion live, beginning at 2:00 p.m.

The New York State Senate Health Committee is holding a roundtable discussion today on the Ebola threat, "Ebola: Is NY ready?"

Watch it live beginning at 2:00 p.m., CLICK HERE.

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And see yesterday's announcement on New York State's Ebola preparedness HERE.

October 17, 2014
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Forum/Town Hall: Ebola: Is NY Ready?

Standing Committee on HealthRoundtable: To discuss how we can ensure New York's health case system is best prepared to handle an Ebola case should the virus reach New York.Place: NYS Hearing Room , 250 Broadway,New York, New York 10007Time: 2:00 P.M.

October 17, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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SENATORS MARTINS, SKELOS, AND HANNON CALL FOR A COMPREHENSIVE EBOLA RESPONSE PLAN

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District), New York State Senate Health Committee Chairman Kemp Hannon (R, Nassau), and Senate Majority Co-Leader Dean G. Skelos (R, Rockville Centre) today called on state health, emergency services, and homeland security officials to immediately develop a comprehensive plan to address New York’s readiness to combat the Ebola virus. They were joined by Victor F. Politi, M.D., FACP, FACEP, President and Chief Executive Officer of the NuHealth System/Nassau Health Care Corporation, and Nassau County Health Commissioner Lawrence E. Eisenstein, MD, FACP, at a press conference held at Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow.

October 15, 2014
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Over 13,000 New Organ Donor Registrants in New York on Anniversary of Lauren’s Law

Today Senator David Carlucci (D-Rockland/Westchester) celebrated the one year anniversary of Lauren’s Law at the Student Union of SUNY Rockland Community College. According to the New York State Department of Health, since the law went into effect last year, Lauren’s Law has added over 13,000 new donors to the New York State Donate Life Organ Donor Registry.

These additional organ donor registrants can potentially save thousands of lives though organ transplantation and improve the lives of many more through the gift of sight and tissue donation.

October 3, 2014
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TAKING STRIDES IN THE FIGHT AGAINST BREAST CANCER

Senator Ritchie's Weekly Column

This month, our nation “goes pink” in honor of those who are fighting breast cancer and those who have lost their lives to the disease as well as to raise awareness among women about steps that can be taken to stay healthy.

October 2, 2014
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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Like so many others in our community, breast cancer has impacted my life and my family.  My wife Mary Pat is a breast cancer survivor and while great strides have been made in the early detection and treatment of this disease, the fight is far from over. During Breast Cancer Awareness Month, women are encouraged to consult with their health care providers to learn more about the disease, discuss their concerns, and develop an appropriate plan for breast cancer screening -- because early detection can save lives.

October 1, 2014
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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month ~ Find Out More

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month -- and it's important for patients and their families to know where to turn for information and support. 

Read more from the:

Adelphi New York Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline & Support Program

National Breast Cancer Foundation 

September 30, 2014
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2014 Chiropractic for Optimal Health Award

My sincere thanks to the New York Chiropractic Council for giving me the 2014 Chiropractic for Optimal Health Award. I was pleased to join them for their first ever Optimal Health Experience and Community Celebration at the Pieters Family Life Center over the weekend.  

September 30, 2014
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Valesky bill to cover equipment and supplies for ostomies signed into law

SYRACUSE—This week, Governor Cuomo signed into law S.7893, sponsored by Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) which requires every insurance policy to include equipment and supplies necessary for the treatment of ostomies.

An ostomy is a surgically created opening connecting an internal organ to the abdomen, caused by many different conditions, including cancer, bowel disease, birth defects and injury. Different kinds of ostomies are named for the organ involved, such as a colostomy, ileostomy, or urostomy.

September 25, 2014
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New “Combat Heroin” Campaign Continues Fight Against Heroin and Opioid Use

A new State “Combat Heroin” campaign has been launched to inform and educate New Yorkers about the risks of heroin and prescription opioid use, the signs of addiction, and the resources available to help.

This new awareness initiative was created as a direct result of the work performed by the Senate’s bipartisan Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction in examining the alarming rise in use of heroin and opioids across New York State and in successfully advocating for significant funding to be included for this measure in the budget.

Earlier this year, task force members held 18 forums throughout New York where they spoke with more than 200 panelists, and listened to over 50 hours of testimony to prepare an extensive report on heroin and opioid addiction in the state.

September 23, 2014
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Quinnstock: A Quinn for the Win Event Fighting ALS

Senator Stewart-Cousins appeared at the Quinnstock event in Yonkers on Saturday, September 20th, to support Yonkers native Pat Quinn of Quinn for the Win and his wife, Jen. Pat founded the Ice Bucket Challenge to raise money for ALS, a disease he suffers from, and aided the Senator with her Ice Bucket Challenge.

September 22, 2014
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Serrano & the American Heart Association to Sponsor FREE Hands-Only CPR Training

Senator Serrano and The American Heart Association are sponsoring an important FREE hands-only CPR training for the community. Sudden Cardiac Arrest is a leading cause of death in the U.S.- but when ordinary people, not just doctors and EMTs, are equipped with the skills to perform CPR, the survival rate can double, or even triple. Most people who experience cardiac arrest at home, work or in a public location are at risk because they don't receive immediate CPR from someone on the scene. You can help! 

October 2, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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Senator Valesky Takes on Locavore Challenge

Syracuse, NY – State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) is taking part in the Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York’s (NOFA-NY) Locavore Challenge, which it holds each September to inspire awareness and action in eating locally and organically through events and activities around the state and online.

“We are fortunate to live in an area with a strong agricultural base and where locally produced foods are so readily available,” Senator Valesky said. “I encourage everyone to take advantage of the abundance of produce at our farmers’ markets, to support restaurants that buy local food products and to take part in the Locavore Challenge themselves.”

September 17, 2014
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NEARLY 60 POUNDS OF PILLS DISPOSED OF AT RITCHIE “SHED THE MEDS” EVENT IN GOUVERNEUR

Initiative Helps North Country Residents Get Rid of 350 Pounds of Medications

North Country residents have disposed of 350 pounds of pills through Senator Ritchie’s “Shed the Meds” program, an initiative aimed at helping people get rid of unwanted or expired prescription medications, including painkillers, opioids and narcotics—substances which are often times gateway drugs for addiction to illegal substances such as heroin.

The program featured four events throughout Jefferson and St. Lawrence Counties, with the most recent taking place Tuesday evening at Gouverneur Hospital.  At the Gouverneur event, nearly 60 pounds of prescription medications were disposed of. 

“The response to my “Shed the Meds” events is a testament to the need people have to get rid of pills that sit unused or expired in their medicine cabinets, which can potentially end up in the wrong hands or pollute our water if disposed of improperly,” said Senator Ritchie.

September 17, 2014
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Senators Flanagan and Boyle Assist in Reinstatement of Grant to Alzheimer’s Disease Resource Center, Inc.

On September 15, Mary Ann Malack-Ragona, Executive Director/CEO, Alzheimer’s Disease Resource Center, Inc. (ADRC), was joined by New York State Senators Phil Boyle and John Flanagan, ADRC clients and their families and caregivers to announce that the organization has had its grant from the New York State Department of Health restored. The money would be used to continue providing its programs and services: care and consultation; support groups; and educational programs.

September 16, 2014
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